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text 2018-09-22 07:33
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 299 pages.
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

"Oh, gods of the wine-flask and the board, how long? how long? - it is a ham sandwich. Goth, but not an ordinary one. Never did it see Lyons´s kitchen, or the counter of the multiple store or the delicatessen shop in the back street. The pig that was sacrificed to make this dainty tit bit fattened in no dull style, never knew the daily ration of pig wash or the not unmixed rapture of the domestic garbage-pail. Observe the hard texture, the deep brownish tint of the lean; the rich fat, yellow as a Chinaman´s cheek; the dark spot where the black treacle cure has soaked in, to make a dish fit to lure Zeus from Olympus. And tell me, man of no discrimination and worthy to be fed on boiled cod all year round, tell me how it comes that your little waitress and her railway clerk came down to Epping Forest to regale themselves on sandwiches made from coalblack, treacle-cured Bradenham ham, which long ago ran as a young wild boar about the woodlands, till death translated it to an incorruptible and more glorious body? I may add that it costs about 3s. a pound uncooked - an argument which you will allow to be weighty."

 

Leave it to Sir Peter to have a drama queen moment about a ham sandwich. Poor Parker. I like to think that he is rolling with his eyes precisely at this moment.

 

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text 2018-09-21 19:06
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 299 pages.
Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

"Miss Climpson," said Lord Peter, "is a manifestation of the wasteful way in which this country is run. Look at electricity. Look at water-power. Look at the tides. Look at the sun. Millions of power units being given off into space every minute. Thousands of old maids, simply bursting with useful energy, forced by our stupid social system into hydros and hotels and communities and hostels and posts as companions, where their magnificient gossip-powers and units of inquisitiveness are allowed to dissipate themselves or even become harmful to the community, while ratepayers´ money is spent on getting work for which these women are providentially fitted, inefficiently carried out by ill-equipped policemen like you. My god! it´s enough to make a man write nasty little patronising books called Elderly Women, and On the Edge of Explosion - and the drunkards make songs about `em, poor things."

 

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review 2018-09-21 01:04
Survivor in Death
Survivor In Death (In Death, #20) - J.D. Robb

Easily one of my favorites in the series, though it's very, very difficult to read, at times. In fact, I had to set it aside at one point, because I suddenly couldn't see the words on the page due to the tears that were filling my eyes.

 

This is the 20th in the series, and therefore it's kind of hard for me to review. I will just say that if you liked the preceding books, you should like this one, too.

 

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review 2018-09-20 19:59
Ruth Ware Continues to Impress
The Death of Mrs. Westaway - Ruth Ware

The fourth book by the extremely popular Ruth Ware is a twist on a classic mystery trope involving an inheritance/rags-to-riches fantasy. Harriet Westaway, the heroine of The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is isolated and adrift after losing her mother in a tragic accident.  She never learned her father’s identity-Harriet and her mother eked out a living by reading fortunes for tourists.  She retains their small boardwalk booth after her mother’s death, despite her disbelief in the practice. She feels like she is merely playing a role, appeasing her conscience by detaching herself from her clients’ gullibility.  On the brink of financial ruin and deeply in debt to some very dangerous characters, Harriet serendipitously receives a mysterious letter in the mail.  It appears that an error has been made, and she has been named an inheritor in a significant estate. She decides to see if she can use her honed perception skills to claim what she hopes will be enough to save her from her collectors. She travels to the funeral of the deceased and upon being embraced by her kind “relatives,” Harriet feels torn between her desperation and guilt. It turns out that the inheritance is far more complicated than she imagined, and she is drawn into some old conflicts and family secrets.  Harriet begins to question how long she can sustain her charade, and if the prize is worth the constant vigilance and paranoia of discovery.  Harriet is not the only person hiding something at Trepassen, and questions start emerging about her own possible connection to these other Westaways.  Fans of both classic mystery and literary fiction would enjoy this book, especially those looking to avoid explicit violence and gore. The novel is very atmospheric and wonderfully paced, with three-dimensional characters written with complexity and nuance.  The resolution is unpredictable but believable, twisting in a truly satisfying way.  The Death of Mrs. Westaway continues the high-quality work that readers have come to expect from Ware’s books, and is further evidence that her popularity is well-deserved.

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text 2018-09-20 04:31
Reading progress update: I've read 376 out of 376 pages.
Survivor In Death (In Death, #20) - J.D. Robb

Will update my card and everything tomorrow. I'm off to bed now.

 

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